SNH poised to enforce deer cull
power vested in SNH under the Deer Scotland Act 1996).”
The row over deer culls goes back more than five years and centres on Ardvar Woodland, 680 acres of birch and native oak trees protected under European devastate the deer population and impact the income from deer stalking.
An SNH spokesman said the deer management group reached an agreement last summer to reduce deer numbers but that “this was not delivered”.
Last month, the board agreed to make a final offer of a Section 7 voluntary agreement (under the Deer Scotland Act 1996) to reduce deer numbers on the estate – but this has not been agreed on.
In a statement Mr MacLeod said: “SNH is a quango gone mad and we are certainly not going to sign any Section 7.
“We’re fencing off the woodland to keep the deer off – that is all in progress.
“But it’s still not good enough for SNH.”